Fragrance Reviews from November 2011

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    Opium pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

    One of the most underrated fragrances .
    This is a great fragrance, oriental , sweet , manly ... I expected it would be another disgusting old school, but how glad I am to discover how wonderful this fragrance is .
    At the first notes I clearly smell blackcurrant instead of anise .When it dries down you get a spicy scent , with pepper and vanilla .
    Very formal scent , not for old people nor for young .
    The EDP is much worse to my nose, it smells like olives, I prefer the EDT.
    The price is very good, almost a bargain .
    The bad part is that longevity is regular(about 2-3 hours) and projection is poor .
    Anyway , a good fragrance.

    11th November, 2011

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    A*Men Pure Havane by Thierry Mugler

    Another A*Men flanker .This is basically the same scent as the original , with a slight touch of tobacco , and a variation in the quantity of vanilla and chocolate .
    This reminds me of Burberry London plus vanilla and chocolate (and more longevity/projection , of course) .

    11th November, 2011

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    One Man Show Gold Edition by Jacques Bogart

    Why in the description says that it is a female parfum (Gender: Feminine)?..

    No... I think this is a mistake... correct me :)

    11th November, 2011

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    Black Aoud by Montale

    Black Aoud by Montale - The opening is a fantastic splatter of the harsh, camphoric aoud and a heavy, smooth leather, furnished by the sensual labdanum, wrestling with each other. This moody, thick and syrupy duet percolates and simmers for a time, and in the distance, a faint rose beckons to be recognized. Transitioning to its heart, this rose seemingly usurps the duet, and is joined by its accomplices, patchouli and some other dark fruitiness, to form a intriguing concoction. The aoud here works its magical powers to highlight the rose, not as a pretty and prim rose, but a dusty and dark rose, a rose harbinging a fully fragrant bloom soon to decay. After a time, this transfixing middle yields to the smoothness of the musk and an apparent sandalwood vibe, which may be the tiring aoud, to form its quieting base. The transitions aforementioned do not occur rapidly but develop over hours. Truly, saying this is a sensational adventure is an understatement. The projection and longevity are superior.

    11th November, 2011

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    Fan di Fendi by Fendi

    Synthetic dry leather fruity floral that dries down to a generic boring vanilla.

    The bottle is the best thing about it. The juice is a safe pleasant non offensive fragrance - perfect for the office or riding the subway.

    It would be a safe gift for someone not that into fragrance but just needs something to wear and not have to think about it. It's not horrible, but kind of forgettable.

    11th November, 2011

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    Omar by Madini

    A classic masculine fragrance. It opens up smelling reminiscent of Grey Flannel or Niki de Saint Phalle (don't worry, Omar is barbershop masculine) and fades into a fantastic creamy musk.

    11th November, 2011

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    parfums*PARFUMS Series 2 Red: Carnation by Comme des Garçons

    Excellent fragrance!! Cloves, pepper and carnation combination "somehow" works... spicy yet does not make you feel like a walking spice cabinet. wonderful discovery for me and definitely bottle worthy... good sillage too!

    11th November, 2011 (Last Edited: 15 November, 2011)

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    Italy Italy

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    Carnal Flower by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

    Many reviewers and fond of fragrances talk about the seductive and almost hypnotic power of the highly sensual and feminine flower of tuberose, element that we admired in Organza as in Amarige, in Fracas as in Tuberose Criminelle and in many others around. This kind of tuberose, the Carnal Flower's tuberose, effectively is taking the world by storm because this is not a sort of already tested creamy or milky tuberose but on the contrary a very vegetable, sultry, camphoraceous but at once animal kind of scent with all its carnal contribute of eroticism and exoticism. The presence of tuberose is high and starring and its combination with  greens, eucalyptus, neroli, ylang-ylang, coconut, fruits and may be civet is tremendously stunning. The sensual and womanly power of this fragrance is really impressing, almost edible, the quality of raw materials  notable, the projection is dreadful. The initial whiff is very green, yet exotic with its facets of mellon and slightly orangy, becoming in a while hightly projecting and aromatic because of a sort of camphoraceous and a bit balsamic temperament that is airy, slightly powdery and aromatic. This airy whiff soon turns out towards a violemment sensual chord of neroli, ylang-ylang, coconut and towards a tuberose-jasmine link too erotic to be not captured by. The final bed, being not buttery but green,  based on coconut and softly musky, preserves all the natural sensuality of tuberose and raw green materials that bloom up in all their natural and carnal-animal power. One of the most stunning fragrances out there.

    11th November, 2011 (Last Edited: 17 November, 2011)

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    Italy Italy

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    Infusion d'Iris by Prada

    This type of british traditional sharp-opaque-soapy-barbershop style (in the same vein of Crabtree & Evelin) and at once modern and extremely sophisticated fragrance captures all the laundry soapiness, the elegance and boldness of the royal note of iris and its sort of "laundry, detergent and  bath foam effect" reminds me a bit the one exuded by another iris scent, the unmilky and  musky Narciso Rodriguez Musc for Him that replaces with musk and berries the green-laundry-bright effect here produced by cedar, citrus, galbanum and overall vetiver. The last is the key element on the side of iris and the chord of the two elements produces a sort of bright, clean, watery and soapy refined very womanly smell of floral creams, detergents, soaps and feminine bathroom unguents and foams. The element of cedar is astringent and balancing and it joins discreetly the elements imprinting texture and grounding the general level of unsweet soapy opacity. The fragrance starts citrusy, barely angular and green in its first blast of orange and galbanum which bind themselves perfectly with the floral woody heart of iris, cedar and vetiver while the final outcome tends to soften towards something airy, incensey and creamy. The benzoin, in its chord with iris, vetiver, cedar and citrus produces the slightly milky and talky bath foam effect while the frankincense imprints air, a touch of dust and opaqueness . Sensual and clean.

    11th November, 2011 (Last Edited: 22 November, 2011)

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    Égoïste Cologne Concentrée by Chanel

    A masterpiece. The quintessential male fragrance. Strong, confident, masculine, and powerful. The difference between the EDT and this is like the difference between drinking a complex lager beer (the EDT) and a rich, thick, chewy porter or stout. Egoiste Concentree is rich and dense and oily and... strong. It is a burly beast when you first spray it. The tangerine is sharp and strong: boozy, almost. After five minutes or so the fragrance settles down and the deep, wonderful brazilian rosewood takes over. The damask rose is prevalent throughout. It is a not a "pretty" or "delicate" rose: it is a very dirty one that has an almost chewy and jammy texture. The rose is very masculine and it works excellently with the tangerine and woody rosewood. Also, there is a subtle animalic presence lurking underneath. This stuff is bold, and powerful and unequivocally the diametric opposite of the lightweight, playful aquatic concoctions that have flooded the market recently.

    The sillage and longevity are incredible; legendary, perhaps. It is rich and dense and needs to be sprayed with restraint. You WILL be noticed. And you WILL get a headache if you over spray it. If applied with discretion, however, the juice is heavenly. I'll go out on a limb as say that Egoiste Cologne Concentree is THE best winter masculine fragrance ever created. I cannot fathom ever wearing this in the summer. It is just too massive and dense.

    If you like the EDT, I you will love this. I strongly recommend it. In fact, I cannot recommend it strongly enough. There is a reason why it is so highly sought after. When you wear Egoiste Cologne Concentree you project confidence, power, and gravitas. Absolutely marvelous. If you can find it, buy it immediately, because it will probably not be on the shelf the next day if you walk away.

    11th November, 2011 (Last Edited: 04 March, 2012)

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    Eau d'Ikar by Sisley

    Eau d'Ikar smells very soft , a mix of bitter citrus and herbal/floral .It starts with a blast of citrus , lemon , bergamot , lime ... , then it dries down towards a soft floral amber scent .
    It reminds me of a soft version of Un Jardin sur Le Toit by Hermes.
    This is quite feminine, not for the average man .
    Longevity is regular and projection is very poor .
    I'm disappointed , I expected a more oriental fragrance .Thumbs down!!

    11th November, 2011 (Last Edited: 23 April, 2012)

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    Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford

    Grey Vetiver is a classic in composition chypre with a short development and is based, after a temporary citrusy-grapefruit centered initial aromatic (sage) whiff, on a linear chord of cedarwood , vetiver and spices (nutmeg), elements endly sliding towards a mossy, slightly smoky and ambery base. An accord of orange and nutmeg cuts the severe, cloudy grey-green with an edible spicy-orangy addition. A touch of prickliness  is carried out by spices, dry amber and pimiento rather than from  the vetiver itself (that is tamed, grassy-watery, a bit metallic and not rooty) while  a touch of colour is made by the barely perceivable fruity-floral smell of orange. The latter is initially bright and coloured rather than bitter, before  the tartness begins soaring and the grey-dark green shadows start falling over the forest. The first time i smelt this fragrance on a friend i told him " Are you wearing Encre Noir?", the similarity was notable under my nose so i decided to test it in order to catch fully the evolution of the stages.  Nothing too complex, the  fragrance is just a whiff less sharp and metallic than the Lalique's one and is smokey like it or just an hint less. We are not talking about a rooty vetiver as the wonderful Etro or Route de Vetiver and as already told by others this is neither a soapy, exotic and mellow one, as the notorious Guerlain, nor a windy, salty and airy type as Sel de Vetiver. Grey vetiver is a grey-green mossy-ambery vetiver, moderately sharp and citrusy-watery, slightly floral and spicy, barely smoky. Amber, oakmoss, cedarwood and vetiver root the backbone of this classic woodsy fragrance with a watery sharpness balanced by the viscosity of amber and moss. A modern remake of a (type of) woodsy powerhouse.

    11th November, 2011 (Last Edited: 15 January, 2013)

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    The One for Men by Dolce & Gabbana

    Regret spending money on this one, gave it away.

    Totally understand why people will like this. The sweet orange blends with ambered woods to make a warm and comforting scent which is discreet, classy and warming.

    But because of such poor longevity and projection (this is the bigger issue), it doesn't fit in the winter (since no one can smell you) nor the summer (yes it will project but it isn't fresh enough).

    For a comforting amber scent in the designer market, I prefer Chanel Allure pour Homme much more than this. Can't think of another scent with a similar opening though which to be fair, is quite attractive.

    11th November, 2011 (Last Edited: 17 April, 2014)

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    Almaktoub by Madini

    The description on their website made this fragrance sound like it would be really great. I'm not really familiar with Drakkar Noir but this definitely smells like Avatar. Then it starts smelling like ripe pears. It's not too offensive, but it's definitely not for me.

    12 November, 2011

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    Fireside Intense by Sonoma Scent Studio

    I ordered this and Tom Ford Extreme trying to find a good winter scent. When I first tried TFE I got a smokey note that kept me thinking about it. Now that I have them both, they really are quite different. I'm still trying to figure out if I want to keep extreme (still need to wear a few more times). But Fireside Intense is right on the mark for what I was looking for. I live in cold winter climate and it gives me a little extra comfort when heading out into the cold. A few reviews have used the word "Cozy" to describe it. I agree completely. Definitely a keeper in my book. And it lasts quite long too. If you like the smell of a campfire, do yourself a favor a give this a try.

    12 November, 2011

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    Bois de Santal by Creed

    Bois de Santal is a lost gem these days. In my mind it clearly evokes the essential of high-end French perfumery in the Belle Epoch period c.1910. Bois de Santal features notes of orange, lemon, greens (likely petitgrain and neroli), Mysore sandalwood, vanilla, and tonka bean, and possibly civet. It is a shining example of using luxurious quality ingredients no matter what the cost and constructing them brilliantly to form a breath-taking composition, which might I add, becomes more and more of a lost art as each year goes by. I don't think there's a lot of development or complexity here, but there doesn't need to be. The quality of the sandalwood oils used stand for itself. In a way, BdS reminds me of the old, vintage Guerlains and Chanels. Collectors and enthusiasts alike conjecture that Bois de Santal contains a significant dose of the real oil, too. Of Creeds, sandalwoods, namely Original Santal and Santal Imperial, Bois de Santal is a masterpiece beyond reproach. Along with Viloresi's aromatic and spicy Sandalo, there is no better sandalwood perfume.

    12 November, 2011

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    Diorella by Christian Dior

    Barely wearable lemon sorbet. Couldnt get any further with it, sadly. Smelled this on a card. Wouldn't want to put this on my skin.

    12 November, 2011

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    Dioressence by Christian Dior

    Agh! I don't know where this lilac is coming from. Awfully overpowering attack on the senses. I have an immediate vision of a woman in a 50s B movie clawing at her own face.

    12 November, 2011

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    Acqua Viva by Profumum

    I'm a bit careworn when it comes to this fragrance. On the first topnote, it is, as everyone has said, a lemon-citrus fragrance. And it is indeed that. The lemon topnote stands out to everything else (so far as I can tell). While this does not seem to be a problem for most people it was a bit of a hangup for me. Some have mentioned household cleaner or something - how the topnotes don't smell like that, etc. And in one sense I agree, but in another I disagree. I agree that AV doesn't smell like, for example, Lemon Pledge, other than that they have a lemon scent in common. But in a way, I still feel like I've just cleaned the house with Lemon Pledge when I am wearing AV (when it comes to the topnotes, anyway). So, it's not that it smells like a household cleaner, it's just that I get the sense that I've been cleaning the kitchen or dusting or something.
    Once the topnotes dry down, the smell is much more pleasant. The strong lemon smell dies down and the cedarwood takes a stronger note. This is the best part of AV IMO. The sillage seems to be average and the longevity is decent (several hours).
    The big downside to this fragrance is the price. It's around 240$ or so for 100ml. And I just find that to be much too expensive for a citrus fragrance that you can get at a cheaper price (Acqua Classica, while the scent isn't as great as AV, is a 30$, 100Ml citrus fragrance). So, overall I would rather have something much cheaper and not quite as great. But that's just me. The price is probably the biggest factor in rating this neutral, otherwise it would have gotten a thumbs up from me.

    12 November, 2011

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    Habanita by Molinard

    I got the EDT version although I'd like to have the EDP, yet I couldn't find it online to buy. Like Slane said- it resembles Habit Rouge. I love them both- Habit Rouge and Habanita. Got this sweater with fake fur on the collar and it kept in the scent all day long. Just think what real fur collars would do for the longevity of a scent!

    Is there really rose in the middle notes? This perfume is so comforting, so glad I finally purchased it.

    12 November, 2011

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    Madeline by Ava Luxe

    It smells the greatest at Thanksgiving and Christmas time, although I wear it year round. Reminds me of Pumpkin spice in the spice isle of the grocery store with some milky notes added. I'm not too fond of the milky cream notes, just so they don't get too strong. I love this scent. I only got the small thing of it, but it lasts forever which is nice to have in a perfume to get a lot of mileage out of it.

    Do you love spice? This is it for you.

    12 November, 2011

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    Tabaróme Millésime by Creed

    Arguably a great compliment for fragrance is that it evokes a distant memory. This is a mixed bag in my case, as I recall the scent of my neighbors' house (before they died and a much younger couple and their children moved in), the cheap ginger smell of a local Chinese mart with its heavy medicinal impression, and my grandparents. The goodness comes in finding the different perspective I have now on these memories, as opposed to the snot-nosed one I had then.

    Then again, not necessarily the best conciliation to women. But good for staying in on an autumn evening.

    12 November, 2011

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    Cigar Aficionado by Cigar Aficionado

    A lovely dark, smoky, sweet tobacco scent that lasts for ages and ages. Very masculine, but not as heavy and cloying as some tobacco fragrances can be. Apparently discontinued now, but it can still be bought cheaply at a few places on-line. If you like tobacco based scents then this is definitely worth a try.

    12 November, 2011

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    Aventus by Creed

    This is quite simply amazing but it has to be worn!
    When I first got a sample and I put it on my wrist, it was, at best, an odd smelling fragerance.

    Finally decided to jump the gun and put it on for a day, and wow. The smell stuck to my skarf and came back haunting me for a week after I used it.

    Finally I couldnt stand the skarf-induced taunts and gave in, went to the store earlier and bought a full bottle. This really is amazing. It's different, masculine, fresh and sweet - all at once.

    Give it a proper try before you buy, I can see how the pineapple can rub someone the wrong way.

    12 November, 2011

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    Chloé Eau de Parfum Intense by Chloé


    A soapy rosey and english style, opaque, traditional "bathroom" kind of scent that starts with a blast of citrus and a notable pepper and fades towards a sort of sharp musky and slightly ambery rose smell ethereal and clean but in a modern way. The pepper is perceivable throughout the trip and enhances the unmild and neutral whiff of the bulgarian rose, the star of the blend. Nothing special under my nose, just a clean bath foam kind of scent that reminds those almost neutral anti age kind of creams for woman. There are some woods in composition and may be some fruit cleverly blended with rose in order to push up a touch of taste. A tender and romantic non parfum may be too unsophisticated and linear. 

    12 November, 2011

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    Nyarlathotep by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

    The notes in this fragrance are simply listed as "the blackest of ritual incenses charged with flashes of ozone."
    It is actually rich, exotic and Oriental and truthfully, reminds me a lot of Youth Dew by Estee Lauder, but perhaps just a bit sweeter. I love Youth Dew and think it's definitely one of the best Oriental perfumes of all time so naturally I love this perfume too! I think if you're a fan of any smoky, incense-like Oriental fragrances you'll probably love this. I definitely give it a big thumbs up and recommend it highly.

    12 November, 2011

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    Kingdom Limited Edition by Alexander McQueen

    Back when it was first launched, I was lucky to get one. Still remember that cold night wearing this at a Japanese restaurant eating Teriyaki Beef Bowl.

    A wild and refreshing floral. Lots of citrus zest, warm ginger, and jasmine. Utterly beautiful. Lasts quite long, too.

    12 November, 2011

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    Kingdom by Alexander McQueen

    Colder days are here so I took out Kingdom and wore it today. Years later it still amazes me with its wild mixture of smells, I always find Kingdom a bit unruly and uncivilized (if a perfume can be described this way) and I enjoy it. A strange beauty .

    A complete, well-done job from opening to drydown.

    12 November, 2011

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    Ode à l'Amour by Yves Rocher

    I actually like this fragrance and for awhile it was my favorite (and my husbands). It is very sweet with definate plum notes, but the sweetness is tempered by cedar accords. I think its more appropriate for younger women.

    12 November, 2011

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    Yria by Yves Rocher

    I love too many fragrances to have a signature scent, but if I did it would be Yria. Its definately an Oriental fragrance, but unlike most Yria works in any season. It starts with a heavy bergamot topnote, followed by rose and white flowers-gardenia, lily, and just a hint of jasmine. Plum and spice notes round it out.
    Yves Rocher also released Yria Elixer and an Yria Summer version. The elixer is a more intense version of the original with less bergamot and more spices. Yria Summer is an alcohol free fragrance based around bergamot and white flowers. On its own it has a very light scent and virtually no staying power, but its ok layered over Yria edp.

    12 November, 2011

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